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Weird Al Wednesday – August 2015

Hello readers! My apologies for not getting this up at the usual time.  I’ve been busy of late, with the usual work and fatherhood duties, but I was also at Gen Con all last weekend.  Of course, the reason you’re here is this month’s Weird Al Wednesday.  This month’s song King of Suede.

I like this song for several reasons.  Firstly, I like that this is a parody of a fairly serious song about misery and pain.  This speaks to Al’s ability to parody pretty much anything.  Secondly, it’s essentially a long commercial for a clothing store called ‘King of Suede’. They have anything you could want, but the specialize, some might say too much, in suede (including underwear).  Thirdly, who doesn’t like Elvis? More over, who doesn’t love Elvis references?  Well, this song has that, as you might expect.  While listing off a plethora of suede things, Al mentions that you shouldn’t “step on my blue suede shoes.”  Lastly, this song does a great job of showing the musical power of his band and their ability to play a wide range of styles.  This is arguably one of the best songs on the “Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D! album, and so, readers, enjoy this wonderful song.  Until next time, stay weird!

Weird Al Wednesdays 8-27-14

Greetings all, and welcome to another Weird Al Wednesday!  For today’s selection, I went with one of his original songs from his album Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D!: Nature Trail to Hell.

I really like how this paints a horror movie as a family-fun type of movie that is, of course, released on Christmas.  This plays on something I have never understood: Why do people release horror movies on Christmas Day?  That seems like Hollywood just does that to be contrarians, but I digress.

Being the music geek I am, I do love the rich harmonies in the chorus of this song.  There is also something to be said for the sound effects Al uses, which are both cheesy and effective.  Writing the song/movie to be about a nature trail is also a play on a major horror genre trope where the kids get killed in the woods.  Then, of course, there’s the 3-D aspect.  Yes, they had 3-D in the 80s.  That’s what those red & blue glasses are for, children.

I often find this song stuck in my head for no reason, with the chorus repeating in my head.  This speaks to either my strange obsession with Al’s music, or the superior quality of his music…or both. I’m going to go with both.